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welcome to bbc news — i'm james reynolds. our top stories: talks between the eu and the uk about a post—brexit trade deal continue overnight in brussels but a british government source warns the offer from brussels remains unacceptable. hundreds of students are feared missing in north—western nigeria after a raid by gunmen on a secondary school. the head of the un urges countries to declare climate emergencies as part of efforts to tackle global warming. and anthonyjoshua retains his world heavyweight titles after beating kubrat pulev in london.
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hello and welcome. talks in brussels about a post—brexit trade deal are continuing overnight, after a british government source said the eu's offer remained unacceptable. a decision is due sometime on sunday about whether enough progress has been made to carry on negotiaions. both sides have warned that no—deal is now the most likely outcome. our political correspondent, iain watson reports. in brussels, the briefest of glimpses of the uk's chief negotiator. he is locked in talks behind closed doors with his eu counterparts to see if a deal is possible in the next 2a hours. but indications tonight are not positive. a government source told the bbc talks are continuing overnight and, as things stand, the offer on the table from the eu remains unacceptable. the mood around the talks, like the weather, is rather gloomy. in fact, the only agreement that might be reached this weekend between downing street and the eu is to halt the negotiations and move towards no deal. downing street says, to reach agreement, the eu must
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recognise that the uk is now a sovereign nation. theresa may's de facto deputy when she was prime minister is urging both sides to focus on avoiding no deal. we are coming to the last knockings now, so, obviously, it is getting very tense and quite emotional. i would advise both sides to keep talking up to and if necessary beyond the final hour because, while there is talk, there is hope. and is this what no deal with the eu would look like? the ministry of defence has confirmed that four armed vessels will be ready to patrol uk waters if there is no agreement with brussels on fishing rights. but the scottish government does not want to see the ships off its shores. this uk government gunboat diplomacy is not welcome in scottish waters. we will protect our fisheries where necessary. police scotland have primacy to do that. but we won't do that by threatening our allies, our nato allies, in fact, they are our friends and neighbours.
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brexit deadlines have come and gone before but this weekend's talks in brussels could finally answer the question: deal or no deal. iain watson, bbc news. our europe correspondent — gavin lee — has been gauging the mood in brussels. from conversations we've had in brussels today, i think the sense of optimism leading to a deal is in short supply, as one official told us, "they should call this no deal eve," given the sense this may not lead to anything tomorrow. but that said, these are people that aren't in the room, with talks still going on this evening into the night. the chief negotiators have left a short while ago, and those technical teams are still there and we have another 2a hours to go. we know both borisjohnson and ursula von der leyen, the european commission president, have said it is very likely that there'll be no deal. but it's trying to read the rooms of that and work out,
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is this just part of that last minute where we will see suddenly a deal tomorrow? on the issue today that we heard from iain‘s piece, about those royal navy patrol boats, four of them suddenly being available if there is no deal next year to patrol the channel. it's been met withafairamount of european reaction. the press, particularly the french press, suggesting this is "british sabre—rattling", that this brexit war rhetoric doesn't help. but the french government are shrugging it off, really, saying, "we'll just keep calm and carry on" — using a well—used british quote. the other thing to bear in mind — we also heard from the dutch today, a dutch official suggesting this is very much aimed, the rhetoric on the patrol boats, at a british domestic audience, that they are ignoring this and hoping still that something will happen tomorrow. hundreds of students are feared missing after gunmen raided a school in north—western nigeria. the attack happened on friday night at the government science secondary school in the kankara area of katsina state. a military—led offensive to rescue the children is reportedly still underway.
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our news reporter and former west africa correspondent, mark lobel, has more details on the attack. around 11:00pm friday night, gunmen on motorbikes stormed this all boys state secondary school and according to police sources fired assault rifles in the air which undoubtedly would have been terrifying, took on security guard at the school and later police that arrived. some boys escaped and jumped over fences and ran into town and then police said they brought in armed defence because to drive them out, and 200 of the 800 students were accounted for, so they could be up to 600 abducted or missing and very worrying. a mother who had a son and a younger brother at the school said that when she turned up on saturday there was scarcity of information and terrifying conditions for everyone involved. the military said they located
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the attackers in a forest on saturday and a joint operation is under way with the military, airforce and police but so far security guards were injured but no reports of any student casualties. astonishing numbers. what has been the reaction and who is behind it? the president, who is coincidentally 200 kilometres away from the school, on holiday in his home state, has condemned and asked for an audit of who was at the school in the state government — the state governor has called for a closure of all boarding schools and issued a statement and said that they strongly condemn the cowardly attack on the innocent children and prayers are with the families of the students, the authorities and the injured. who is responsible? no—one has claimed responsibility but two theories and the more likely is that in this state violent bandits kidnap people for ransom and that happened earlier in the week and a businessman i spoke
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to said usually a poor area of the country you may have individual negotiations with some of the parents and maybe asking for as much as $10,000 per student down to $100 per student and the other theory is islamist militants but they don't normally operate in that area. there is a history school kidnappings in that country? yes, security is a major concern and the president is under increasing pressure to sort it out and two weeks ago, 43 farmers were suddenly and brutally killed. in that area over the last ten years, 36,000 people have been killed, 2 million displaced and 5 years ago in the small town of chibok, 276 girls were taken from the dormitories and there was a worldwide campaign to release them, including the likes of michelle 0bama and malala yousafzai to get them back and about 100 are still missing, 6.5 years on and the reason they were
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taken by boko haram, the militant islamist group because they wanted to see the end of western education. but this incident is different from the west of the country is different from the north—east of the country. for more on the situation go to oui’ for more on the situation go to our website. there we have full background and analysis. just go to the website and follow the links. world leaders have been urged to declare a climate emergency, after dire predictions of ‘catastrophic‘ global warming. the secretary general of the united nations has told a climate change virtual summit that more ambitious targets are necessary to cut emissions. china announced further measures by 2030, including a boost in capacity of wind and solar power. here's our chief environment correspondent, justin rowlatt. it is my great pleasure to be able to introduce one of the co—hosts of today's climate... there was none of the pomp and circumstance you'd expect of a meeting of dozens of world leaders.
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this was an entirely virtual summit. to set their own targets... mrjohnson opened in characteristic style. we are doing this. not because we are hairshirt—wearing tree—hugging mung bean—munching eco freaks, and i have got nothing against any of those categories, the mung beans are probably delicious... he described climate change is a greater threat than covid—19, and said that going green made economic as well as ecological sense. climate change is the biggest threat to humanity right now. only those countries promising substantial commitment to cut carbon got to speak. there were more than 70 of them, including china, the eu, india and japan. join the dots.
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it's happening... short films highlighted the risks our planet faces. let's be very clear about this. it is going to get much worse. even the pope made an appearance. so why is nothing happening? it was an impressive show, but environmental campaigners said there were precious few genuinely new pledges to be seen, and there were some notable absentees. australia, brazil, russia and saudi arabia were among the nations which were not invited to address the conference. some of the world's most vulnerable nations said fighting climate change was a moral imperative. i would like to believe that the major emitters are not capable of what would in essence be close to climate genocide. i would like to believe that we are visible and indispensable for them. today's conference marks
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the start of a crucial year for global climate action. the uk will be hosting a climate conference in glasgow in november 2021. the hope is the entire world will raise its carbon—cutting game by then. justin rowlatt, bbc news. james shaw is new zealand's minister for climate change. he's in wellington in new zealand. thank you so much forjoining us. thank you so much forjoining us. of 43 industrialised countries, 31 have experienced a drop of new missions the 12 has seen emissions increase recently and new zealand is near the top of the second group. why is that? over the course of the last three decades we simply have not put in place sufficient policies to bend the curve of our missions downwards as our population and economy has grown. that is what we we re economy has grown. that is what we were spending much of the first term of our government
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on, mirroring some legislation that the uk put in place about ten yea rs that the uk put in place about ten years ago so we have a climate commission who next year will provide us with advice on how to stay within that 1.5 degrees threshold. you say that but there is an organisation that reads your contributions as insufficient. and if every country did that, the world would be warming up to three degrees. that is right. they have been critical for a long time and that is why as soon for a long time and that is why as soon as we established our commission at the end of last yeari commission at the end of last year i asked for them to provide us with advice on what our nationally determined contribution would need to be in order to be consistent with 1.5 degrees. we expect that d raft 1.5 degrees. we expect that draft advice to come through at the beginning of february and final advice in may and we will review our nationally determined contribution of the back of that once we receive that advice. that sounds like a
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long time frame for an emergency. we want to make sure it is grounded in science and because it has taken new zealand a bit of time to get rolling and because we have only had the commission up and running since the end of last year it unfortunately just ta kes year it unfortunately just takes that amount of time. we will be working hard to ensure that we have completed well in advance of the meeting in glasgow next year. no country is doing this in isolation. the chinese used to say that the west had your industrial revolution and got rich and they have the right to be rich as well. china has made promises but they do not want to be told to stop developing. how do you speak to them? this is true of all countries, not just china, it is as true of new zealand as it is of china. the point that the uk have managed to demonstrate over the course of recent years is that it is entirely possible to decouple your economic activity from emissions growth. for a long time the united kingdom
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was one of the fastest growing economies in the g7 and at the same time managed to reduce its emissions quite substantially. i think that that shows it can be done and that all countries can do that. looking at something practical, can new zealand follow the eu ‘s lead of cutting emissions by a further 42— 48% in the next decade? i don't want to get ahead of our scientists on the climate change commission but what we know is that what is true of new zealand is as true of much of the world which is that if we are to have any hope at all of limiting global warming to1.5 degrees at all of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees above preindustrial levels then we must cut global c02 preindustrial levels then we must cut global co2 emissions in half in the next ten years by 2030. | in half in the next ten years by 2030. i would anticipate that you know, i will wait to see the advice but i anticipate our numbers would mirror that in some way. how would, how
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will climate change affect new zealand in particular? we are already experiencing more frequent and more severe drought and frequent and more severe droughtand our frequent and more severe drought and our hotter seasons and we are also experiencing more frequent and severe storms throughout the year and the nature of those storms is changing as well. we're starting see the sea level rise increasing coastal erosion in the country is waking up to the fa ct the country is waking up to the fact that we will have to adapt to the effects of climate change that are already locked in andi change that are already locked in and i think that will increase the sense of urgency with which people say we need to get on with cutting our emissions in the atmosphere. thank you so much forjoining us. this is bbc news, our headlines: talks about a post—brexit trade deal between the uk and the eu are continuing through the night in brussels. in nigeria, hundreds of students are feared missing
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after gunmen on motorbikes raided a secondary school in katsina state in the northwest of the country. authorities in austria say they've disrupted a neo—nazi network, seizing large quantities of weapons intended for arming a planned right—wing terror militia in germany. aruna iyengar has this report. heavy duty armoury, austrian police working with german authorities seizing more than 70 automatic and semiautomatic weapons along with hand grenades, explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition. some had already been packed for germany for a right—wing militia unit. this isa right—wing militia unit. this is a massive hit against far right groups in europe. translation: the weapons you see here are only a tiny part of those seas. they were intended for the pyrite group in germany in connection with the neo—nazi group to build
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potentially a militia group. the discovery came during an investigation into drug trafficking between germany and austria. this uncovered links to far right extremist groups who buy weapons with money from the narcotics trade. translation: this case also shows that criminals not only act in one business area but also use war and weapons on one side and drugs on the other. it is on side and drugs on the other. it isona side and drugs on the other. it is on a big scale and there are extremists on both sides. it could be left—wing or like in this case, right—wing extremists. five people have been arrested in austria and to others in germany. among them are 54—year—old austrian. police say they built up the cash the goal of attacking society, democracy and basic freedoms. aruna iyengar, bbc news.
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italy has now seen more coronavirus— related deaths than anywhere else in europe. 64,036 deaths have been recorded — slightly worse than the uk. the italian government has imposed tight restrictions over the christmas holiday period, affecting travel between the regions. people also won't be allowed to leave their home towns on key dates, including christmas day. germany is facing the prospect of tougher restrictions from the middle of next week, as the country's reported covid—19 death toll continues to rise. the pioneering black country music star, charley pride, has died from coronavirus complications. he was 86. in the 1970's charley pride became the best selling performer for rca records after elvis presley. he was inducted to the country music hall of fame in 2000. singer dolly parton said she was heartbroken at the news, and called him one of her oldest and dearest friends. elamin abdelmahmoud is a culture writer for buzzfeed news. he joins us now from toronto. thank you forjoining us. tell
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us thank you forjoining us. tell us about charlie pride and the staggering number of number one hits he had. there is no way to talk about charlie pride is about talking in the same breath as willie nelson. he was a legend on all scales. he had eight number one top singles. that is something staggering. he went on to have more than 30 of them over his career. more than 50 of them top 20 hits. this man... i talked to some other black country artists and they all describe him as their lord star. -- northstar. how is it wasn't for him to break into country music which many people think of rightly or wrongly as a white genre? by the time we got to country music, he broke a bunch of errors. he played
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baseball professionally at a time when not many black people played baseball. after that he made the jump to country music and one think that his record company used to do is send his new singles to radio stations without picture. they would do it to make sure the radio programme actually heard the music and not judged programme actually heard the music and notjudged the man by his face. sure enough a lot of them stop playing his music when they saw his picture. but he did it with so much grace and dignity and i imagine a lot of frustration that he just did notairat of frustration that he just did not air at the time. how influential was the? this is a man who was inducted into the country music hall of fame way to late. he accepted the lifetime achievement way too late because so many country artists refer to him as a person who got them into country, artists who are massive. someone who toured
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with willie nelson. he is on the rushmore of country music. he is constantly referenced as it isa he is constantly referenced as it is a guiding point, for so many artists but he did not get his dues. what was his signature tune for you? he's an angel good morning. it is one of those songs that when you begin to play, the whole room just stops. thank you so much for joining just stops. thank you so much forjoining us. let's get some of the day's other news: twenty—one migrant workers who were being exploited at a second hand clothing business in southern spain, have been freed. police found the vulnerable workers hidden behind bundles of clothes in a warehouse in fuente alamo, 40 kilometres south of murcia. three men were arrested and willappear in court next saturday. dozens of people have been arrested as demonstrators filled the streets in paris for a third weekend, rallying against a proposed security law. opponents argue the bill —
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part of which aims to regulate people's ability to share film or photographs of police — undermines press freedom to document police brutality. virgin galactic attempted a milestone test flight of its rocket—powered tourist plane on saturday, marking the first crewed flight of its reusable unity vehicle. the flight did not reach space as planned after the ‘onboard computer that monitors the rocket motor, lost connection. the skilled pilots were however able to fly back to base and land safely. boxing and britain's anthony joshua has retained his three world heavyweight titles with victory over the bulgarian kubrat pulev in a fight at wembley arena in london. joshua knocked pulev out in the ninth round. tom gray — associate editor with the boxing magazine — the ring — was hugely impressed with the defending champion. i mean, i have seen a few people actually quite critical of joshua's performance.
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well, he won almost every round. i think they gave pulev one round. floored him four times and got a knockout with a spectacular punch in the ninth round. so if you are being critical about that performance then it goes shows you the expectations that are on joshua at the minute. there was a small crowd allowed to attend. that is one of the first times we have seen people in a sporting arena in the recent months. how might that have influenced the evening? i think for both fighters it is an advantage because they are accustomed to having crowd support, particularlyjoshua because he's at home. let's face it, there wouldn't have been many pulev fans there. butjoshua would have been happy to hear his name ringing out around the arena — it's a sense of normality, even though we're in farfrom normal times. tom, turning to the subject of great negotiations of our time — it has taken nine months for the uk and the eu to reach a deal — they still have not done it. will it take just as long... laughs.. ..for anthonyjoshua and tyson fury, the other heavyweight champion, to negotiate their own fight?
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well, i'm confident,a s confident as i've been well, i'm confident, as confident as i've been that the fight is going to happen in 2021. we're at a stage now where the fans aren't going to accept anything less. both guys now are coming off of excellent knockout wins, or stoppage wins, and this is the time to get it done. it is the biggest fight in british boxing history. it's got all the marbles and the glamour division. ring magazine championship at stake, wbc, wba, ibf, wbo. you know, two opposing personalities, two different styles — it is an absolutely fantastic fight and nothing in the sport, certainly in the heavyweight division, nothing equals that. when i grew up mike tyson was a household name, even among non—boxing fans. are anthonyjoshua and tyson fury, these holders of pieces of the crown, are they well—known enough outside the sport now? yes i think that both of them are transcending the sport. the are really the faces of boxing. they are really the faces of boxing.
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you have canelo alvarez and i could go on and on and on but the heavyweight division brings something very special — it's very special for the sport. it is top of the tree so certainly at the minute, the fight can't get any bigger at the minute. what happens when you marinate it for too long, loses and it ends up losing the lustre that it once had. it is time now to get it on, i think. both promoters — which is key here — i men the promoters have got a rivalry, in terms of frank warren and eddie hearn, they've got as much of a rivalry almost as what as joshua and fury have. getting the fight, it has been tricky up till now but i think everyone wants it. the fans, the teams, the world wants to see it. speculation about that possible fight between anthony joshua and tyson fury. negotiations continuing as much as they are
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between the uk and eu on the exit from europe. stay with us. hello there. it's quite chilly for a while overnight. temperatures could be close to freezing for a while before the weather then starts to change. we've got all this cloud coming in from the atlantic, replacing the clearer skies. and the main driver is an area of low pressure and these weather fronts. and they will bring some rain into western areas and then that rain will move northwards and eastwards through the day and the winds pick up too. as we get the wetter weather arriving in northern ireland, wales and the south—west, temperatures here will be much higher by morning, but with some clear skies ahead of that, away from the north—east of scotland, it will be quite a bit chillier. as we head through the morning though, this cloud will quickly move northwards and eastwards and it will bring with it some outbreaks of rain. some heavier rain moving northwards through the midlands into northern england, into scotland, during the afternoon. some more rain coming into the south—west and wales, and then we see sunshine
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and showers arriving into northern ireland. stronger winds actually on sunday, particularly strong around coastal areas, drawing in mild air. double—figure temperatures for most. it could make 14 in the south—west but cooler again, i think, for scotland and the north—east of england, where we will have some rain during the evening and that could be quite heavy for a while. this band of rain then sweeps eastwards through the midlands, into eastern england and then the showers follow on behind. it should be pretty mild, actually, overnight as that when the system moves away, we still got low pressure to the northwest of the uk and that will continue to fit in some blustery winds and some further showers as well. so a sort of day of sunshine and showers, i think, for many places on monday. could be some longer spells of rain coming northwards across scotland. most of the showers down the western side of england and wales, some moving through the english channel. somewhat drier weather though, i think, for the midlands and eastern areas of england. temperatures though still on the mild side. we've got those blustery south to south—west winds so 10—13 really sums it up on monday. moving quickly into tuesday, the winds will not be as strong
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on tuesday. there will be still some showers around, southern and western areas in particular. they probably will become fewer during the afternoon and many places will be turning dry. those temperatures still good for the time of year, around 9—11 degrees. it is a very unsettled week ahead and wednesday could see a return of wet and windy weatherfor a while, and then things calm down a bit on thursday. we get some sunshine and just one or two showers. goodbye.
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thank you so much forjoining us. this is bbc news, the headlines:
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talks about a post—brexit trade deal between the uk and the eu are continuing through the night in brussels. a decision is due sometime on sunday about whether enough progress has been made to carry on negotiaions or abandon them, leaving the uk on course to leave the eu without a deal. nigeria's military says it has located the hideout used by gunmen who are reported to have carried out a raid on a school in the northwest of the country. hundreds of students are missing in katsina state after attackers arrived on motorbikes and started shooting, causing the students to flee. on the fifth anniversary of the paris climate agreement, the un secretary general has urged a group of 70 world leaders — attending a virtual summit, to declare what he called a "climate emergency", after predictions of ‘catastrophic‘ global warming.


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